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D. A-R. Forbes-Erickson (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University. She specializes in theatre history, performance studies, theatre practice-as-research, historiography, and dramatic literature.
Her current book project, “Caribbean Masquerades as Palimpsests from the Late Seventeenth Century to the Early Twenty-First Century,” is a performance study and historical survey that traces the emergence of selected masquerade characters from the point of contact between European conquest and Indigenous, African, and Asian peoples in the Caribbean.
Her research has been published in areas of African, African American, Latin American, and Caribbean theatres and performances in Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, Theatre/Practice, a book chapter in Africans and the Politics of Popular Culture, and a paper, “Performance ‘Art’ - Dismantling Structural Racism in Colonial Monuments” in Nakan: A Journal of Cultural Studies (forthcoming)
She has presented scholarly papers at national conferences at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC), the Black Theatre Network (BTN) and the Comparative Drama Conference (CDC) in the USA; and at international conferences at the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) in Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago, and at the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference in Winchester, England.
In her artistic practice, Amy-Rose is a director/designer. She is the founder of the Pan-African Theatre Ensemble (PATE) dedicated to the research and production of theatres in the African continuum. Selected directing credits include Wole Soyinka’s "The Bacchae of Euripides: A Communion Rite," Suzan-Lori Parks’s "Venus," Francisco Arriví’s “Vejigantes” (Devil Mask), and Dennis Scott’s "An Echo in the Bone," and Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915
She has taken the PATE to perform at the Fringe Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland through the International Collegiate Theatre Festival program in the summer, 2019, plans on the PATE performing again at this festival this summer 2022, representing Bowling Green State University.
She earned a doctorate in Theatre: Performance as Public Practice with a doctoral portfolio in African and African American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
D. Amy-Rose Forbes-Erickson (Denise Forbes) is a theatre director, sculptor, designer, scholar. Dr. Forbes-Erickson is the founder and Artistic Director of the Pan-African Theatre Ensemble started at Kent State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of African American Theatre and Dramatic Literature, Department of Theatre and Dance, California State University, Sacramento, USA. Her expertise is in Pan-African theatres, including African American, Caribbean, and African theatres and performances. Dr. Forbes-Erickson received a doctorate in Theatre: Performance as Public Practice with a Doctoral Portfolio in African and African American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, December 2013. She holds a MA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, 2006; a BA (Hons) degree in Theatre Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, England, 1999; and a Diploma in Sculpture from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, 1990.
Dr. Forbes-Erickson has worked across various disciplines in the visual arts and theatre practice, and has exhibited and/or designed for theatre in England, the Czech Republic, Canada, the Caribbean, and the United States. She has designed for ProArts Collective, the premier African American Theatre Company in Austin, Texas; Theatre Centre Company in London, England, and the acclaimed Little Theatre Movement National Pantomime Company of Jamaica. In sculpture, her media are welded steel and mixed media in mostly expressive skeletal figures with themes on freedom from the strictures of gravity; and on odysseys, journeys and the metaphysical world. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Jamaica and England, and public commissions. Selected designed productions include ‘Biyi Bandele’s "Oronooko," Wole Soyinka’s "Death and The King’s Horseman," Derek Walcott’s "Dream on Monkey Mountain," and Sophocles's "Oedipus The King." She has directed and designed academic theatre in Kingston, Jamaica, Austin, Texas, Lexington, Kentucky, Kent, Ohio, , and London, England.